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Simply irresistible! This classic favorite features a crisp bite and sweet-tart flavor. Tip-bearing tree yields a familiar green fruit perfect for fresh-eating, baking, and making cider. Fruit keeps up to six months in proper storage. Antique variety originates from Australia, circa 1868. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late October. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety, like Starkrimson® Red Delicious, Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, or Golden Delicious.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm, Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
makes great pies and good in salads
BRENDA C on Nov 7, 2018
Love these apples --hope to grow some of my own.
Donnie M on Oct 18, 2018
makes great pies and good in salads
BRENDA C on Nov 7, 2018
Great for pies and applesauce
Chris R on Oct 22, 2018
Love these apples --hope to grow some of my own.
Donnie M on Oct 18, 2018
I love this variety, it is my favorite!
Leslie C on Oct 1, 2018
canning and cider
Peggy A on Sep 25, 2018
Good eating.
JAMES A on Sep 18, 2018
Great apples and they pollinate Honeycrisp. So it's a win~win!
Kathleen R on May 3, 2018
I love the sourness of granny apples
AMBER T on Apr 12, 2018
PIE!! ????
Thomas M on Apr 9, 2018
It is a pollinator for honey crisp, and I like apple pies????????
Josephine L on Apr 7, 2018
Must have for cooking
Polly F on Mar 5, 2018
My wife loves Granny Smith apples and we wanted dwarf types so we automatically chose Stark Bros, we have full confidence and trust in them !!!
cregg n on Aug 1, 2017
My daughter likes these apples for making pies, and the Granny Smith tree is a good pollinator for several other types of apple trees I am planting.
Susan N on Apr 30, 2017
Granny Smith is my son's favorite apple.
Linda B on Apr 6, 2017
My six year old loves these apples, so I got him his own tree.
Daniel L on Apr 5, 2017
This is my favorite apple for all of my baking. and to eat with Peanut butter
Kathleen W on Mar 24, 2017
To pollinate my fuji
KENNY S on Mar 6, 2017
we've been using this apple for pies for many years. My parents passed on and my niece now lives there with their trees and I decided I'd better get my own tree.
GARY B on Feb 21, 2017
These are our second favorite apples and a cross pollinator for our favorite.
Hope J on Feb 18, 2017
Everyone needs a Granny Smith apple tree in their orchard. Besides..., it's green and shows wonderfully against the other red apple trees.
Alan G on Feb 14, 2017
It's the standard for baking apples.
FRED R on Feb 3, 2017
Love the granny smith apples.
Danny R on Feb 2, 2017
I chose this item because I am a pastry chef and love baking with Granny Smith apples. I also happen to love eating them fresh!
Casey K on Jan 17, 2017
my daughters favorite apples
DAWN G on Jan 16, 2017
Wanted a good tart pie apple.
David B on Jan 16, 2017
Ripe in November and uses Golden Delicious as pollinator which ripens in September.
John N on Jan 6, 2017
My husband likes granny smith's and it's a pollinator for another tree I purchased.
Heather W on Nov 23, 2016
love these cooked
Diane O on Nov 17, 2016
its the best for pies and canning
steven J on Nov 6, 2016
They are great for for eating and cooking, but primarily as a cross pollinator.
Marjorie K on Oct 27, 2016
Love the taste and that it keeps well.
Irene B on Oct 22, 2016
for polinator and pies
arvie g on Oct 15, 2016
It's my favorite apple to eat and my boys love it too.
Stan C on Oct 15, 2016
Best apple for pies. Needed dwarf for espalier
Sandy A on Oct 13, 2016
Great for baking!
Lisa S on Sep 6, 2016
we juice and granny smith is a great one for juicing
Marisel M on Aug 23, 2016
my oldest son loves these
Cecilia R on Jun 20, 2016
Great baking fruit. Wife required, husband plants!!
JAY G on Jun 16, 2016
Great for pies and eating fresh for a tart snack
JOHN W on Jun 6, 2016
My fiance's dad loves these! and it paired nicely with our other two apple trees
Danielle D on Jun 4, 2016
kids love green apples
phommakot c on Jun 4, 2016
This is my sister's favorite. Heat resistant.
BERTHA S on Jun 3, 2016
Old-time favorite--good all around pollinator, and great for eating or for baking.
buzz on Jun 3, 2016
favorite apple and it works for my zone
Pamela E on Jun 3, 2016
I like granny smith apples6
Tammy D on Jun 2, 2016
my grandkids wanted it
TIMOTHY O on Jun 1, 2016
Jimmy my BROTHER had me order these for my MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY... She is really really excited to receive this tree...
THANK YOU Stark Bro's...
Fast friendly service great trees!!
PAUL I on May 26, 2016
The best pie apple in the world!
Jackie L on May 19, 2016
My whole Family loves apples especially the Granny Smith. Hopefully we can keep the deer off of the trees on my property in Northern Michigan. God Bless!!
CLIFFORD M on May 16, 2016
Son wants green apples
Ed A on May 11, 2016
Great for pies and applesauce
Chris R on Oct 22, 2018
I love this variety, it is my favorite!
Leslie C on Oct 1, 2018
My sister's family likes Gala and Granny Smith apples. Can these two be planted together?
Darcy on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Gala and Granny Smith trees can cross-pollinate one another for fruit production. They would be great choices to grow, especially if your family enjoys the apples!
Can this pollinate with a honey crisp? Could the two be grown in a 10 x 10 area?
Jason P on May 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they can cross-pollinate one another. The trees can be grown in a 10 x 10 foot area as long as you opt for the dwarf size, but you may need to keep them pruned so that their branches don't crowd one another as they mature.
Your site says Pollinator required for a Granny Smith Apple Tree.

But other sites have contradicting verbiage... For example: Granny Smith apple tree is in flowering group 3. It is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, but fruiting will usually be improved if there is a compatible partner of a different variety nearby. ... (Most white-blossom crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety).

Does "fruiting improved" mean more apples or larger apples or both?
Thank you,
MikeK on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Michael, Thank you for contact us. Over the years, Stark Bro???s has used many different cultivars on some varieties including the Granny Smith. Not all cultivars are the same; some are self-pollinating and some are not. Because of this, we recommend that the Granny Smith not be depended upon itself. It is essential that ample cross pollination be provided. Not only will cross pollination aide in the production of fruit but the more pollen you have available the bigger your yield and your trees will bear the best quality of fruit.
How much fruit does a typical standard size Granny Smith tree bear?
Hattie D on Jul 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You may expect 10-20 bushels each season from a mature tree that's been treated properly.
Are Granny Smith and Stark Hart's Fancy compatible cross pollinators?
Scott H on Jul 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they bloom during about the same time.
I have a fungus in my area called red cedar rust, are your trees resistant to this fungus?
Johnny B on Jun 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The issue really isn't whether one nurseries' trees are resistant or not; it's whether the variety itself is resistant or not. Granny Smith is naturally resistant to cedar apple rust.
Can this be a pollinator for honeycrisp?
Whosweetlou on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. They bloom at approximately the same time.
Just purchased a dwarf fugi and dwarf Granny Smith will these two work well together?
Ron E on Mar 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Fuji and Granny Smith are both in flowering group 3 and will pollinate one another.
I want to plant two Granny Smith trees for canning/freezing. Can I plant a Pink Lady to cross pollinate the Granny Smith?
Janet A on Aug 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. They are both in the same bloom-time group.
will granny smith apple trees grow in NY state and tolerate low temperature, -20 degrees?
Lyudmila P on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They grow great better then some of the others I'm in Sullivan county
Will Granny Smith and gala pollinate each other?
Jake M on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will. They have a similar bloom time.
Can I plant mac free and Granny Smith for successful cross pollination?
Kelle Q on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry, but Mac Free blooms too early to pollinate Granny Smith. If the product you inquired about cannot be found in the Recommended Pollinators section of the page, please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180. We would be happy to discuss pollination options and help you find the right tree.
Can Granny Smith and Macoun apples cross pollinate each other? If so, why are they not listed as recommended cross pollinators.
Applesabound on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Granny Smiith will cross-pollinate with Macoun. There are dozens of cross-pollinating partners; we list the varieties that we know to be the best pollinators.
Can I use Pink Lady and Granny Smith as pollinators for each other?
Dawn R on Mar 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Pink Lady will cross-pollinate with Granny Smith.
Is a honey crisp a good pollinator for a Granny Smith Apple?
William K on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is. They have similar bloom times.
Does the pollinator for Granny Smith apple tree has to be a Granny Smith apple tree or any other apple tree would do?
DiHuyen H on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Actuallly, a Granny Smith will not pollinate a Granny Smith; the pollinator has to be a different apple variety with a similar bloom time. Please see this page for a list of suitable pollinators:
What are the recommended chill hours for Granny Smith?
nancy m on Jan 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Granny Smith requires about 400 chill hours.
Is this rust resistant?
Matthew S on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Granny Smith does have some resistance to cedar rust. Much depends upon the weather/humidity/wind in your particular area.
Can another Granny Smith tree be the pollinator?
Lais M on Nov 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The same variety cannot pollinate itself; you need a different variety. Golden Delicious is an excellent pollinator for most all other apple varieties. You can learn more about Golden Delicious here:
Would a honey crisp and Granny Smith pollinate each other?
Chicken Man on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. A Honeycrisp??? will indeed pollinate a Granny Smith and vice-versa.
I'm looking to start a small orchard With Granny Smith and honey crisp. Is there a pollinator I can use for both?
Ty C on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Golden Delicious is an ideal pollinator for most apples, including Granny Smith and Honeycrisp???.
Would Macoun & Granny Smith pollinate each other?
Kent F on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are compatible. Those apple trees have overlapping mid-season bloom times, which is ideal.
Will the September Fuji pollinate the Granny Smith?
tom m on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, those two apple trees would work well to cross-pollinate one another.

Customer Reviews

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Better than store bought
I bought two fruit trees at our local big box hardware store but they didn't have the Granny Smith tree that I wanted, so I sent for one from Stark Brothers. I had never bought a tree this way before. When the dry, dead looking stick with roots showed up I was a little skeptical but I followed the instructions and planted it. 6 weeks later the store bought trees looked nearly identicle to when I planted them but the Stark tree had more and healthier looking leaves than either of the other two trees. A year later the tree is healthy and growing. One store-bought tree remains, the other is nearly dead. I'll be sending for more trees from Stark.
May 12, 2016
over 3 years ago
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Tree arrived as described. Planted as soon as it arrived. The tree has thrived and grown three (3) times it size since I got it a year ago.
May 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Not doing as well as the other 17 trees planted at the same time
Compared to the other Stark Bros. Trees that I ordered, especially the plums and apricots which are strong and healthy--one actually bore fruit in it's second year, it is growing very slowly, the trunk is spindly and so are the primary limbs which are very low to the ground and actually touching the ground, even without any fruit to weigh them down
I am seriously considering pulling it up and replacing it with one from another nursery. To be fair, I have a yellow delicious, purchased from another source, that is behaving the same way. My other three apple trees, Fireside, Red Delicious, and Red Rome, are doing fine and were planted in the same manner and have received the same care. So, I can't honestly place any blame on Stark Bros., But I am disappointed in the performance of the Granny Smith Semi-Dwarf.
I'm starting to get some age on me (68), and as long as it takes for fruit trees to mature, I really don't have the time to spend replacing trees and waiting to see if they will make it.
August 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Fantastic Late Apple
Wonderful apple, and one of my favorites. Love it for pies, and eating fresh too. The flavors get better and more complex during storage. Keeps a long time for us in a refrigerator with moisture.
May 30, 2016
Granny Smith Apple
Tree arrived in good condition and a year later is doing well. Would love to see the return of the Starkspur Granny Smith, but this will do quite fine. Love working with Starkbros
May 23, 2016
over 3 years ago
Looks good so far
This tree is growing well has yet to bloom but but has survived two winters so I think it will be fine hope to get some apples soon.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Wonder Apples
I always purchase my fruit trees in bulk for my commercial orchards.I also buy the biggest trees available because they have better roots. The Granny Smith was originally purchased as pollinators but when I saw how well they managed their first year even in blistering heat, I was sold on having more in the orchard's inventory. The trees were solid performers from the time they were planted through surviving a miserable winter. They grow in leaps and I am looking forward to my first crop from my Granny Smiths.
May 16, 2017
1 year ago
waiting for pies
The GS tree arrived last year (november) in good shape pre-pruned we planted it and now we're waiting for it to break dormancy. thankfully we had an easy winter here In NW Oh. so the rabbits left it alone. I'm hoping in a couple yrs. we can make pies from the fruit.
March 12, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great Product, But Pay Attention to Pruning
I actually bought 4 different apple varieties from Stark, all shipped bare-root, and I highly recommend that approach. Be sure to follow the planting directions immediately upon delivery. Just as important, read their pruning suggestions on their website, and prune at the earliest possible time. I essentially "lost" a year because I did not prune at the first opportunity. Also, pay attention to the shape of the tree when delivered. I pruned for a pyramidal shape, but on retrospection, I wonder if their stock isn't shaped initially for the "open-center" shape. If any doubts about your particular stock, call them and ask. Finally, be aware that young trees are attractive to deer, even without fruit!
May 4, 2017
over 2 years ago
Just fantastic
/I think this tree plus the golden delicious for the pollinator will do just fine. I was impressed with the shirt time it took for it to show some vibrant life. ?Since this did so well I order a second mate... In my retirement life aaia hope tohave some delicous apple pie plus any extras.
I only regret not getting them sooner....
Recommended with the highest points.
August 3, 2016
over 2 years ago